John 7:8 and the power of YET
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; --Titus 1:2
King James, John 7:8-10:
Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee. But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
One three-letter word is all it takes to change a meaning entirely... and that word is "yet"
The ESV says:
You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.” After saying this, he remained in Galilee. But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private.
By removing that first 'yet' in John 7:8, the ESV makes Jesus Christ a liar. According to the ESV, Jesus said he was not going up to this feast, period.
The NIV says:
You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.” After he had said this, he stayed in Galilee. However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.
So, what is Jesus saying in the NIV? That he's not going up to the festival/feast, period.
The NASB [New American Standard Bible]:
Go up to the feast yourselves; I do not go up to this feast because My time has not yet fully come.” Having said these things to them, He stayed in Galilee. But when His brothers had gone up to the feast, then He Himself also went up, not publicly, but as if, in secret.
What does Jesus say in the NASB? That he is not going to the feast, period.
The truth is, the true Lord Jesus didn't say anything in the NIV, ESV nor NASB. The Jesus in those versions is that other Jesus... one of many false versions of Jesus mentioned in 2 Corinthians 11:14.
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
Notice what these modern versions have done by removing the "yet." They've made Jesus Christ a liar, therefore making Him a sinner.
In those versions, they say that Jesus said He's not going to the feast, PERIOD... and then He does!
In the King James, He says He's not going up, yet... and then He does, a little later.
Jesus Christ can be deceptive. After all, when He does go to the feast, He does so, as it were, in secret.
One thing we can be sure of:
Jesus is no liar.
He never bore (and never bears) false witness against or to anyone. Yet these modern versions of the Bible have the Lord Jesus lying openly and defiantly to his brethren in John 7, verse 8.
He did delude these unbelieving brothers born of Mary. Perhaps He didn't want to travel to the gathering with them. Because the Lord asks you and me in the book of Amos, Can two walk together, except they be agreed?